By Rich Rovito
Cory Larson has spent more than a decade working in automation engineering and manufacturing.
He has designed custom automation for original equipment manufacturers and in-house use. His design experience includes robot integration, electrical construction, mechanical design, networking, and programming.
Larson serves as a consultant for WMEP Manufacturing Solutions with specializations in industrial automation as well as cybersecurity.
In his most recent role, as an Automation Leader at Trek Bicycle Corporation in Waterloo, he was responsible for getting machines from concept to implementation while working with multi-disciplinary groups. He developed manufacturing processes and automatic machinery for paint, material handling, and machining applications.
Larson also worked as a Controls Engineer at Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing Co-op in Madison and as a Manufacturing Engineer at Prent Corp. in Janesville.
“I have experience identifying growth opportunities using Lean Manufacturing tools,” Larson said. “I think this, coupled with my automation and IT experience, provides a unique service to WMEP customers.”
WMEP’s focus on assisting small and mid-size manufacturers by expanding their capabilities to grow, be innovative and achieve operation success captivated Larson.
“The mission really appeals to me,” he said. “I want to serve as a liaison with manufacturers and leverage automation to help them grow.”
Automation and cybersecurity have become highly important, and essential, strategies for manufacturers.
“They are now becoming best practices for manufacturers instead of just goals,” Larson said.
Automation can reduce operating costs, standardize quality, and increase output, he explained.
“Small and mid-size manufacturers can leverage this technology to increase their market share without increasing labor costs,” Larson said. “There are many flexible offerings available now that fit a smaller business and can be used for multiple products.”
Cybersecurity is an essential component to protecting a manufacturer’s infrastructure, including safeguarding information and industrial control systems.
“Security used to be thought of as a secondary initiative but is now being integrated at the design stage,” Larson said. “Small to medium-size manufacturers are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks due to cyber criminals shifting their focus away from larger companies.”
Larson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Technology Management with an emphasis in industrial control systems from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology from Madison Area Technical College.
He and his wife reside in Lake Mills. They relish opportunities to travel with their Labrador retriever. Larson enjoys motocross racing, mountain biking, hunting and fishing. He also spends time working on an array of home improvement projects.